June 2, 2012


Jada Pinkett Smith Teases Jay-Z's Music for the "Annie" Remake

When Jada Pinkett Smith was doing press for her voice acting in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (which explains the zoo animals in rainbow wigs behind her), she gave us some details about the upcoming Annie remake she's executive producing with husband Will Smith and Jay-Z, which will star their hair-whipping daughter Willow Smith.

When we asked her if she's heard any of the original music Jay-Z is composing for the film, she replied with feigned impatience: "Not yet—but I'm waiting!" before breaking into laughter.

Even though she hasn't heard any of the tunes Jay-Z is writing for the flick—which might follow in the vein of his famous Annie-sampling 1998 track "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)"—she says she and her Man in Black husband "definitely have some ideas what they're going to sound like."

"Right now we're still trying to put the script together," Pinkett Smith says. "And really, it's not on him, it's on us. How we structure the story and the themes that we're going to deal with, that will direct the music. But we've had a couple discussions and, you know, Jay-Z is going to kill it."

Given Jay-Z's solid 16 years of hip hop relevance, that sounds about right. Watch the video above for the full interview.